01 June 2009

Book list - May 09

Lionboy - children's, by Zizou Corder
World War I: The African Front - WW I, by Edward Paice
Eight is Enough - family life, by Thomas Wardell Braden *
Uncharted Stars - SF, by Andre Norton *
Nightfall - SF, by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg
Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World - European history, by Roger Crowley
Amos Fortune, Free Man - children's biography, by Elizabeth Yates (Newbery Medal, 1951)
Witch World - fantasy, by Andre Norton *
Web of the Witch World - fantasy, by Andre Norton *
Year of the Unicorn - fantasy, by Andre Norton *
Lincoln: A Photobiography - children's biography, by Russell Freedman (Newbery Medal, 1988)
Shen of the Sea - children's (short stories), by Arthur Bowie Chrisman (Newbery Medal, 1926)
The Secret of the Old Mill - children's mystery, by "Franklin W Dixon"
The Hero and the Crown - children's fantasy, by Robin McKinley (Newbery Medal, 1985)
The Capricorn Bracelet - children's historical fiction, by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Book of Three - children's fantasy, by Lloyd Alexander
The Black Cauldron - children's fantasy, by Lloyd Alexander
The White Stag - children's mythology, by Kate Seredy (Newbery Medal, 1938)
Fields of Battle: The Wars for North America - American history, by John Keegan
The Mystery of the Ivory Charm - children's mystery, by "Carolyn Keene"

20 books this month, with the four or five rereads (I'm not entirely certain if I read Eight Is Enough back in the '70s or not) marked by asterisks. To reach my goal of 209 books this year, I'll have to average 17.417 per month, so I'm currently still a bit behind.

"Franklin W Dixon" and "Carolyn Keene" were Stratemeyer Syndicate house names. The Secret of the Old Mill (1927) was the third book in the Hardy Boys series, and The Mystery of the Ivory Charm (1936) was the 13th Nancy Drew book. Revised editions of the earliest books in both series were published beginning in 1959, but in the 1990s Applewood books began issuing reprints of the original texts; these were what I read this month.

The five Newbery Medal winners bring my total thus far up to 81 of 88, while I'm still at 16 of 69 Carnegie Medal winners.

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